Graphic is an intense, passionate and talented rapper from Harlow in Essex and I was invited along to take some stills of the music video for his latest track 'I've Had Enough'. During the song Graphic waxes lyrical about fake musicians and how he believes he is the real deal, and with his intensity and dedication to his rhymes it's hard to argue! I was invited along by Marc Shuttle, a fantastic videographer whom I have worked with a lot and it was an absolute pleasure to work alongside this consummate professional.
The location for the shoot was an abandoned bunker field just outside his hometown, which set a desolate and post-apocalyptic theme in my head, and as soon as we stepped inside one of the destroyed concrete buildings I could feel an atmosphere take over us all. For the next couple of hours as we moved around the fields and the music video started to take place and the rapping to camera became more intense my photos took on a darker, grittier edge. At one point we discovered a car that had not just been abandoned but the insides completely melted and burnt out. It was quite astonishing to see something which one would assume to be so solid in a state of such disrepair and destruction, with the broken windows and melted seats making attractive patterns where they had fallen. As it got darker I started playing around with shadows and allowing Graphic to display his anger a lot more, making for some very strong facial expressions in the closeup portraits and allowing his personality to really shine through.
The song is available to download now on Soundcloud and the video will be out towards the end of Summer, so be sure to go and check that out, as well as the rest of Graphic's back catalogue.